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Some Amazon Drivers Deal With Dog Bites and Peeing in Bottles

Speedy delivery and global coverage comes with a host of challenges for drivers.

An Amazon.com Inc. delivery driver in Westcliff-on-Sea, U.K.

An Amazon.com Inc. delivery driver in Westcliff-on-Sea, U.K.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

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For its first 20 years, Amazon.com Inc. relied on UPS and other delivery companies to get packages to its customers’ doorsteps. Then a shipping disaster one Christmas made Jeff Bezos decide to build his own transportation network. Today, Amazon has hundreds of warehouses of all sizes, nestled around and inside major cities around the world. Its recognizable, grayish-blue vans navigate many neighborhoods, dropping off the stuff ordered online just a day or two before.